May 2nd, 2019
FCPA is highlighted in the last look of the 2019 Legislative season
The Final Florida Legislative Countdown!
Ron Watson, FCPA Lobbyist and Proud of it....
One week to go (hopefully) until the 2019 session is in the history books. Many things are still undecided, namely how Florida spends over $90 billion of our hard earned money.
Other big ticket items up in the air include a new Seminole compact which might allow sports betting, three new toll roads, charter schools, texting while driving and many health care innovations.
The budget has to be finalized by Tuesday for an official final vote on Friday, May 3rd or we go into overtime.
In the heath care arena, it looks like some sort of certificate of need (CON) repeal for hospitals might finally become law, although nursing homes and hospice may escape and keep their CON.
A telehealth bill is also poised to pass, but out of state licensure and pay parity could still sink that ship. We hope the non-opioid alternative bill passes, although it was watered down more than we preferred. The House focus on scope of practice expansions are being ignored in the Senate and will most likely die.
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The good news is it looks like PIP repeal and a possible statewide fee schedule are dead for this year, but the bad news is our injectable nutrition language is also dead.
We will get the FCPA language into the mix for 2020 and are already talking to possible bill sponsors.
Hopefully the final countdown will be smooth, but in the last week of session crazy things sometimes happen.
The FCPA is watching their every move as the clock ticks... Tick, tock, tick, tock...
Ron Watson, FCPA Lobbyist and Proud of it....
June 7th, 2016
Have you ever wanted to tell the Board of Medicine what do?!!?
FCPA members, below is a notice from the Board of Medicine for a conference call on June 17 at noon to discuss what should be included in the recently required nonopioid alternatives pamphlet. This new requirement was contained in HB 451, which is still awaiting the Governor's signature. Also below is an excerpt of exactly what the new law will say.
"1. Inform the patient of available nonopioid alternatives for the treatment of pain, which may include nonopioid medicinal drugs or drug products, interventional procedures or treatments, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or any other appropriate therapy as determined by the health care practitioner."
Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Department of Health announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: June 17, 2019, 12:00 Noon
PLACE: Meet-Me #: 1(888)585-9008 Participant Code: 432-162-565
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Information to include in the pamphlet on nonopioid alternatives for the treatment of pain. A copy of the agenda may be obtained at https://flboardofmedicine.gov/meeting-information/.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Board of Medicine (BOM) Meeting Materials at BOM.MeetingMaterials@flhealth.gov or call at (850)245-4131.
For more information, you may contact: Board of Medicine (BOM) Meeting Materials at BOM.MeetingMaterials@flhealth.gov or call at (850)245-4131.
On June 17th, lets make sure the Board of Medicine hears loud and clear that chiropractic treatments SHOULD be included in this nonopioid pamphlet. Lets make the "may" turn into a "shall" include chiropractic!!!! And besides, how often do you get a chance to tell MDs what to do.
April 17th, 2019
FCPA's Injectable Nutrition is making Florida headlines as appeared on FloridaPolitics.com
"Nutrition bill stokes internecine battle among chiropractors"
by Drew Wilson
There are a range of bills filed for the 2019 Legislative Session that would change the rules regulating chiropractic medicine, but trade groups representing Florida chiropractors in Tallahassee don't have unified legislative goals.
One bill caught in the crossfire is SB 1078.
The legislation, sponsored by St. Petersburg Sen.
Jeff Brandes, is simple. In addition to aligning spines, chiropractors would be able to give vitamin and enzyme shots to their customers after so long as they complete a 36-hour training regimen and get certified.
It wouldn't permit chiropractors to administer traditional drugs, such as blood pressure meds or controlled substances, nor is it a new idea.
Until 1957, chiropractors were the go-to for nutritional injections, but Florida law was changed to only allow oral nutritional supplements. Since those are readily in every available next to the pharmacy counter in every Publix, Walgreens and CVS statewide, chiropractors are effectively shut out of that revenue stream.
Former state Rep. Dennis Jones, himself a chiropractor, got a bill through the Legislature in in the mid-1980s to reverse the change, but his success was short-lived due to a change in the federal law.
Brandes' bill would realize the legislative intent of the 1980s bill by defining "articles of natural origin" separately from "legend drugs.
The new definition would include "vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, enzymes, saline, anti-oxidants, dextrose, glandulars, cellular components, extracts, water, botanicals, phytonutrients, and homeopathics."
Giving a shot isn't rocket science, and it doesn't require an MD or a nursing degree.
Florida already allows pharmacists to give flu shots, and oftentimes patients are expected to inject their own drugs. A woman visiting a fertility doctor, for instance, may be sent home with a prescription for IVF hormone treatment. When she picks up the syringe from the pharmacy, she'll be expected to self-administer the drug after only a few minutes of training.
SB 1078 is heavily supported by the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association (FCPA), which says the change would give Floridians access to cost efficient health care and better alternatives to medical palliative care.
According to FCPA founder Rod Lacy, who is both, a licensed medical doctor and chiropractor, the nutrition change is a natural one. Chiropractors receive more nutritional training than medical doctors and Lacy says they could be a valuable addition in the treatment of serious illnesses.
The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) is opposed, however.
Despite backing the 1980s effort, FCA is allied with Jacksonville's Palmer College of Chiropractic, which doesn't provide comprehensive nutritional education to its students.
A third association, the Florida Chiropractic Society(FCS), is also opposed, though on different grounds.
FCS aims to promote "the Philosophy, Science and Art of Chiropractic, as a distinct drug-less health profession dedicated to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation."
Despite the "drug-less" stance, nutrition supplements aren't considered drugs and aren't regulated as such by the FDA, but there is scientific backing for their use in medicine.
Cancer patients, for example, are often prescribed high doses of vitamin C as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Studies have shown those injections can improve quality of life and make a tangible difference in outcomes for patients in treating certain cancers. Additionally, laboratory and animal studies have found high-levels of vitamin C may kill cancer cells.
While pills with thousands of milligrams of vitamin C are available, oral vitamins aren't as easily absorbed as those administered intravenously. Giving patients the option of having a trained chiropractor give them nutritional shots would give them a safe alternative to self-injection as well as a less-costly alternative to getting their shots at a doctor's office.
SB 1078 is currently awaiting its first hearing in the Health Policy Committee, chaired by Stuart Sen. Gayle Harrell.
This article was written by Drew Wilson for FloridaPolitics.com
May 20th, 2019
What? 2020 Already??
Under the title of no rest for the weary, Legislative leadership announced committee weeks for the 2020 session which begins in January. Because of the early start, committee weeks actually start in September. And I thought they just left us alone for awhile. Passing good laws and stopping others is a full time occupation! Below are the scheduled committee weeks:
September 16-19, 2019
October 14-18, 2019
October 21-25, 2019
November 4-8, 2019
November 11-15, 2019
December 9-13, 2019
A special shout out to Dr. Robert McLaughlin
who has already reached out and met with his
Senator, Gayle Harrell.
And yes she is the Chairwoman of the Senate Health Policy Committee who will decide if our
Injectable Nutrition issue moves next year.
It may not be 2020 yet, but we better act like it. Next time I see you, please tell me all about your meeting in the district with your legislator. Dr. McLaughlin sure did.
2020, here comes the FCPA!!!
You can talk to Ron at the FCPA Shuster & Saben Nationwide Summer 2019 seminar this August and find out how to do your part.
FCPA in Tallahassee @ the Capitol
April 22nd, 2019
Grand Deals and Bargains
Two weeks remaining in the 2019 session (hopefully!) this is when things can get very scary. The grand deals and bargains between the Senate and House begin to surface as the committee process ends.
The budget needs to be finalized and we are awaiting "allocations" from leadership, which is basically how they agree to divide the $90 billion budget pie before they hammer out all the remaining differences.
Some of the horsetrading includes the Senate gambling package and new toll roads while the House is focused on health care and education reform. As time runs out, things can and will change quickly as negotiations intensify.
The FCPA is "on the job" walking the halls of the capitol everyday from now until its over. We are still working on PIP, non opioid alternatives, licensure and education protection, fee schedules and direct primary care.
We will continue to fight for your practice act expansion through injectable nutrition rights moving forward.
And please remember, if nothing bad happens, its always a good session!
Two weeks of grand bargains and trades to go..... Stay tuned to the FCPA, we are on the job!
Hello FCPA members! As a reminder, my name is Ron Watson and I was hired to represent the FCPA before both the Legislature and the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. I have learned a lot about your profession already and am excited to learn more so I can effectively keep fighting for you.